GDLive Newsfeed
We check in with people at each stage of the cash transfer process to see how things are going. Take a look at some of their stories as they appear here in real-time. Learn more about how recipients opt in to share their stories.
Samson's family
access_time 5 years ago
Samson received a $527 second payment.
"I would have never managed to managed to plant the two acres of sugarcane like I already did because it is so expensive and I do not think I could afford that amount. Planting one acre of land alone could cost around thirty thousand shillings which is quite an amount."
Florence's family
access_time 5 years ago
Florence received a $528 second payment.
"My life is different in that I have acquired household items such as seats and utensils that I did not have in the past. I am happy since I no longer borrow seats from my neighbor whenever I have visitors. I have also acquired a piece of land using my transfers. I was living in a small piece of land and it was not enough to do farming and at times I was forced to lease land from other people. This was expensive and it is my joy since I no longer lease the land and I can now save the money that I could have used in leasing the land and use to meet other family basic needs. I also have a spacious house that accommodate all my family members comfortably."
Regina's family
access_time 5 years ago
Regina received a $50 fourth payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life since I started receiving payments from GiveDirectly is that I now live alone with my son unlike before when I used to live with a friend. I was not so comfortable living with her since whenever it was the end of the month and I did not have money to pay for the rent, my friend would not even give my son food nor talk to me since she felt like I was a burden to her. Being able to fully pay for my bills while living alone so far makes me happy and I thank God for the far He has brought me."
Rose's family
access_time 5 years ago
Rose received a $253 second payment.
"I am sure that once I am done with the construction process I will come up with another idea of what I want to achieve but for now my main focus remains to be the construction of the house. This is what i want to concentrate on and make sure that I do it to the best of my ability."
Selline's family
access_time 5 years ago
Selline received a $23 twelfth payment.
"I will generate more profits from my business from time to time based on the extent in which the business will be expanding.The more the business expands the more cash I will be generating from it. I believe that I will not lack money to keep my family afloat like I have lacked in the past."
Eunice's family
access_time 5 years ago
Eunice received a $23 twelfth payment.
"I will buy a water pump and expand the portion of the farm where I will be planting the vegetables and the main reason for doing this is to enable me get more harvest than what I have been getting so far. I want to turn into a large scale farmer and be the main supplier in this locality."
Austine's family
access_time 5 years ago
Austine received a $23 twelfth payment.
"In the next six months, I expect to have bought and owned a piece of land. I shall thereafter, prioritize building my home in that piece of land. As a result, I shall have more free space for my sons to build their houses. Moreover, I shall always feel at peace and happy to have my own home, thus I shall comfortably do poultry farming in my own compound."
Salina's family
access_time 5 years ago
Salina received a $528 second payment.
"I got married at a tender age and unfortunately, my spouse passed on when we were young couples that meant I had to carry all the burden. Taking care of 8 children on a meagre income from the causal jobs I did in the village couldn't sustain my family's needs and save to renovate the weak grassed thatched house that I was staying in then. One day while I was at work the house collapsed and killed my child who was sleeping at that time. My life was in despair and we were rendered homeless hence I had to borrow a sleeping place from my in-laws for a year. The village members were able to raise some money and built for me a small house to stay in out of the communal empathy they had. My life is different in that I have been able to build a decent spacious house which I never knew I would have and it's with the greatest joy that my children are no longer worried of where to sleep."
Martin's family
access_time 5 years ago
Martin received a $527 second payment.
"I believe that my life is now different because I have items I never had before such as a new solar system together with the farm that I leased. I opted to lease the farm because I am so sure that by the time I harvest the sugarcane I will be able to get a return on investment by selling out the sugarcane to the Muhoroni sugar factory."
Leah's family
access_time 5 years ago
Leah received a $476 third payment.
"I spent the third transfer to pay school fees for my son who had fees arrears that I had not paid by that time, so when I got the cash, the first thing I did was to clear the fees arrears. Apart from that, I also used another portion to buy household items that I lacked yet I really needed and they included kitchen materials such as utensils, thermos and cupboards."